Sully is an unusual film. It’s competently performed and directed but it’s a structural mess.
The film is presented out of order with flashbacks and visions that confuse matters. This results in the film being pretty boring until about halfway through when we actually see the plane landing and the court-like proceeding afterwards.
Had the film started with the landing and ended with the proceeding, I think the film would’ve been more interesting & cohesive.
Sadly, the film’s structure isn’t the only issue. Both the story and characters lack interest. The cast are great but they struggle to elevate a lacklustre script. As for the story, there isn’t much of one. The main plane landing is obviously the main attraction of the film, but everything else in the film feels forced & lacks a definitive purpose or message. I really don’t know why this film had to be made, it just kind of exists to show a successful landing in a river.
Sully isn’t bad, but it’s certainly not good. The cast and direction are good but they’re working with weak material and there’s little they can do to improve it. Luckily, the main plane landing is the best part of the film, but it takes a while to get to it and thanks to some poor structural choices, its split into multiple flashback segments.